Acid free materials are more permanent, and less likely to experience acid migration to discolor, or to deteriorate materials they are placed with over time. Works on paper, and the mats, mounts, etc. with which they are framed are best if acid free.
An impression of a print taken in the printmaking process to see the current printing state of a plate while the plate (or stone, or woodblock...) is being worked on by the artist. A proof may show a clearly incomplete image, often called a working proof or trial impression, but in modern practice is usually used to describe an impression of the finished work that is identical to the numbered copies.
Certificate of Authenticity
A document that certifies the artwork is authentic. It usually applies to limited edition art and includes the edition number and artist signature.
A picture or design created by adhering such basically flat elements as newspaper, wallpaper, printed text and illustrations, photographs, cloth, string, etc., to a flat surface.
Two numbers are often written at the lower edge of a print ? the first indicating the print's place in the order of all prints in the edition, the second number indicating the total number of prints in the edition.
French for "sprayed ink." A sophisticated printmaking process capable of producing millions of colors using continuous-tonetechnology. Also a print resulting from this process, also called an Iris print. Giclees are often made from photographic images of paintings in order to produce high quality, permanentreproductions of them. The extra-fine image resolution possible in this printing process permits retention of a high degree of fine detail from the original image, rendering deeply saturated colors having a broad range of tonal values.
An edition or set of prints of a known number of impressions, numbered and signed.LithographThe printing process in which an inked image on a metal or paper plate is transferred to a smooth rubber cylinder and then to the paper.
A set of prints made in an unspecified or unlimited number of impressions. The opposite of open edition is a limited edition.
Any work considered to be an authentic example of the works of an artist, rather than a reproduction or imitation
Type of paper that is especially permanent, durable acid-free paper. Archival paper is meant to be used for publications of high legal, historical, or significant value. Often, cotton rag paper is used for archival purposes, as it is not made from wood-based pulp
An embellishment done by the artist to a print. This can be additional painting or a sketch.
A stencil method of printmaking in which an image is imposed on a screen of silk or other fine mesh, with blank areas coated with an impermeable substance, and ink is forced through the mesh onto the printing surface. Also called silkscreen process and screen-printing. A serigraph is a print made by this method.